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We're looking for narrative films of all genres which are over 30 minutes. Films entered into this category which are over 70 minutes may also be... More
We're looking for narrative films of all genres which are over 30 minutes. Films entered into this category which are over 70 minutes may also be eligible for nomination for our Best Dramatic Feature Award as well as with all films any other suitable awards such as Best Cinematography. Less

Great dramatic shorts are the backbone of our festival. We accept short films up to 30 minutes in length and we like variety. If you're not sure ... More
Great dramatic shorts are the backbone of our festival. We accept short films up to 30 minutes in length and we like variety. If you're not sure whether your short film might fit our festival take a look at the shorts we screened in our 2016 programme. Less

If your documentary has a longer story to tell with a running length over 30 minutes this is the category to enter.
If your documentary has a longer story to tell with a running length over 30 minutes this is the category to enter. Less

We love a good doco and we've got very eclectic tastes. This category is for documentaries 30 minutes or under.
We love a good doco and we've got very eclectic tastes. This category is for documentaries 30 minutes or under. Less

There's nothing that can't be expressed through the medium of animation. We're enthusiastic about all forms of animation - 2D, 3D, Flas... More
There's nothing that can't be expressed through the medium of animation. We're enthusiastic about all forms of animation - 2D, 3D, Flash, Stop motion, Claymation, Traditional, Machinima and the rest. Less

Artistic, surreal, invoking, abstract, poetic or just plain strange BBFF loves experimental films because they take the audience to places they never ... More
Artistic, surreal, invoking, abstract, poetic or just plain strange BBFF loves experimental films because they take the audience to places they never dreamed imaginable. It seems our audiences can't get enough either. Less

Surfing is a huge part of Byron's cultural identity and our surf film sessions are a highlight if the festival. We've screened surf films fr... More
Surfing is a huge part of Byron's cultural identity and our surf film sessions are a highlight if the festival. We've screened surf films from 3 to 90 minutes and although we love great waves ideally we want longer surf films to have an added element to them - some kind of personal or cultural story that takes the films to another level. In 2013 the surf film Otelo Burning not only won our Best Surf Film Award but also took home the festival's Best Dramatic Feature and Best Film Awards. Less

It's very topical to think green but Byron's being putting green values first for the past 30 years. Byron Bay is the first and only area in... More
It's very topical to think green but Byron's being putting green values first for the past 30 years. Byron Bay is the first and only area in Australia to have elected a Green Mayor, for years the town has kept out major franchises like MacDonalds and high rise buildings. Ironically this town which was built from whaling and logging has become a champion of marine conservation, protecting forests and threatened species. Environmental films submitted can be any length and any genre, we want to hear what you have to say and we'll put your film in front of a passionate audience who'll care. Less

For decades Byron Bay has been home to some of Australia's hottest Music Festivals and musicians. Music, of every kind, plays an important and in... More
For decades Byron Bay has been home to some of Australia's hottest Music Festivals and musicians. Music, of every kind, plays an important and integral part of our local culture and so we created our Best Music Video Category in recognition of this. Less

This category is open ONLY to filmmakers who LIVE in the Northern Rivers or the Tweed region of NSW Australia.
This category is open ONLY to filmmakers who LIVE in the Northern Rivers or the Tweed region of NSW Australia. Less

This category is where Australian Directors under the age of 25 should enter their films. The films entered in this category will automatically be con... More
This category is where Australian Directors under the age of 25 should enter their films. The films entered in this category will automatically be considered for nomination for any other awards which the film might be suitable (ie: surf, music video or environmental). While Australian Directors aged under 25 can enter their film into this category to receive discounted entry fees for the purpose of programming our 'Young Australian Filmmaker Nominees' Session only SHORT films under 20 minutes length will be considered for nomination for our Young Australian Filmmaker Award. Less

If your film of any genre seems perfect for our festival but was screened before January 2014 this is the category to use. We screen an extremely limi... More
If your film of any genre seems perfect for our festival but was screened before January 2014 this is the category to use. We screen an extremely limited amount of films out of competition and only those films which will have a strong appeal to our local audience. We recommend to avoid disappointment that filmmakers thinking of entering out of competition read through our mission statement. Less

If your short film of any genre seems perfect for our festival but was screened before January 2014 this is the category to use. We screen an extremel... More
If your short film of any genre seems perfect for our festival but was screened before January 2014 this is the category to use. We screen an extremely limited amount of films out of competition and only those films which will have a strong appeal to our local audience. We recommend to avoid disappointment that filmmakers thinking of entering this 'out of competition' category read through our mission statement. Less

Filmmaking has always sat at the cutting edge of innovation, design and exhibition. It is true collective endeavour which encapsulates a variety of te... More
Filmmaking has always sat at the cutting edge of innovation, design and exhibition. It is true collective endeavour which encapsulates a variety of team members & highlights their creative skills. This festival activates discussion, investigation, incorporation and celebration of the rapidly growing immersive storytelling and creative opportunities created by Virtual and Augmented Reality. Our 2016 Festival saw some of Australia's key Virtual and Augmented Reality Creators and Practitioners attend, joining International VR guests at the top of their game. Content was shared and exhibited - with a number of experiences premiering in Australia at BBFF - including BBC/RewindVR's Home, Lucid Trips and others. Less

Filmmaking has always sat at the cutting edge of innovation, design and exhibition. It is true collective endeavour which encapsulates a variety of te... More
Filmmaking has always sat at the cutting edge of innovation, design and exhibition. It is true collective endeavour which encapsulates a variety of team members & highlights their creative skills. This festival activates discussion, investigation, incorporation and celebration of the rapidly growing immersive storytelling and creative opportunities created by Virtual and Augmented Reality. Our 2016 Festival saw some of Australia's key Virtual and Augmented Reality Creators and Practitioners attend, joining International VR guests at the top of their game. Content was shared and exhibited - with a number of experiences premiering in Australia at BBFF - including OK-IO Studio's I Philip as well as a number of fresh Interactive Experiences. Less

The inaugural Byron Bay International Film Festival Screenplay Contest is one of the only screenplay contests run in conjunction with a major film fes... More
The inaugural Byron Bay International Film Festival Screenplay Contest is one of the only screenplay contests run in conjunction with a major film festival in Australia. This competition is open to feature-length screenplays in all genres that are between 80 and 120 pages in length. Less


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